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Wednesday's notes: Preds prepare to fight off the Blues

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The Nashville Predators will try and get things back on track against division rival St. Louis tonight at Bridgestone Arena, as they hope to get one or two key players back into the lineup. While we keep a close eye on that injury situation, however, there are plenty of other stories to watch around the NHL.

Follow after the jump as one local blogger takes us along on his road trip to Carolina, we check in with two of the Preds' prospects in junior hockey, and the walls start tumbling down in Philadelphia...

Got family coming into town for Thanksgiving? The St. Louis Blues are in town tonight, followed by Sean Avery & the New York Rangers on Saturday. Take advantage of the OtF discount to save money on Nashville Predators tickets for these, or any other home game.

Nashville Predators News

A Roadtrip to Remember " Pull My (Fang)Finger
AJ regales us with the the saga of the SlapShot Radio road trip to Carolina last weekend.

Breakaway Talent: Plenty of Skill. Not Enough Room.
A detailed look at Charles-Olivier Roussel, the Preds' highly-regarded defense prospect, and what it will take for him to make it to the NHL.

Preds On The Glass: Preds Finish Home Series With Blues and Wednesday Wrap-Up
Buddy takes a look ahead to tonight's game and shares some news from around the hockey world.

Oh hi Austin Watson | Nashville Predators
Does this strike anyone else as weird? The Preds' 1st-round pick plays a lead role for the Peterborough Petes, with a record of 4-16-1-1 right now. So when asked how things are, he replies: "They're not going too bad."

O’Brien Trade Most Important Off-Season Move For Predators - Predlines
Injuries have pushed SOB into a more prominent role than we could have expected when he first came here.

Game Preview #20: Preds Try To Bounce Back Against The Blues - Predlines
Amanda's game preview highlights lots of maybe's - David Legwand and Ryan Suter "might" play for Nashville, and Barret Jackman may be ready to go for St. Louis.

Black Friday sale on Predators tickets and merchandise " Ms. Cheap
Ms. Cheap outlines the special deals the Preds are offering for one day only, on Friday.

Nashville Predators stumble with weak power play, injuries - The Tennessean
Josh Cooper chronicles the woeful PP.

Plenty of goal scorers, not many goals make Predators a puzzle | Nashville City Paper
David Boclair finds it a bit odd that the Preds, who are 28th in scoring, actually have goals from 17 different players.

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Around the NHL

Gretzky on Stamkos 50-in-50 chase: 'It's still a little early' - Puck Daddy
Ya think? He's not even halfway there...

The Avslova Factor: Bettman, Daly, Among Speakers at Ivy Sports Symposium
A recap of what the NHL execs had to say at a sports business conference at Princeton. Interesting stuff here that speaks to how the various leagues keep an eye on each other. (hat tip to From The Rink)

The Spectrum begins to crumble: A sad day in South Philly - Broad Street Hockey
I never saw a Flyers game there, but I did see the 76ers back in the late 80's. A grand old building that hosted two Stanley Cup champions is coming down in Philadelphia.

1,000 Career Points for Alex Kovalev | The Hockey Writers
Congrats to one of the slickest puck-carriers in the game.

Learning from Adversity - Japers' Rink
This is cute... they're calling a 3-game losing streak "adversity" in Washington.

Sean Avery, All-Star 2010? (UPDATE) - Blueshirt Banter
The uber-pest is coming to Nashville on Saturday, and apparently some misbegotten souls have started a write-in campaign for him. 

The Two Line Pass: Breaking it down with Blues defenseman Carlo Colaiacovo | Hockey Independent
A conversation with the Blues' d-man who got rocked by a Jordin Tootoo hit the last time St. Louis came here.

Marc Savard is cleared for full-contact practice after tests - Stanley Cup of Chowder
Boston's playmaking center is finally ready to begin practicing full-time with the Bruins as he returns from a concussion suffered in March.

Sabres' Tim Connolly: Dancing accident or punched by teammate? - Puck Daddy
High drama in Buffalo here...

Canes Now - O'Sullivan claimed on waivers by Minnesota
A couple years ago, he scored 53 points for Los Angeles. Now, Patrick O'Sullivan may have earned the tag "journeyman".